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WHY IT RATES: The highly-anticipated lineup will include Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili along with CEOs of the world's leading cruise lines.-Patrick Clarke, TravelPulse Senior Writer
Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry's leading annual business-to-business event, announces the highly-anticipated lineup of the State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote, in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).
Moderated by BBC World News' broadcast journalist Lucy Hockings, the keynote event will feature a conversation with Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), as he talks about the future of sustainable tourism, followed by a panel discussion with leaders from the world's four largest cruise lines.
Panelists will include:
-Frank Del Rio, President & CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
-Arnold Donald, President & CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc
-Richard Fain, Chairman & CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
-Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises
"The cruise industry has an incredible impact on the global economy and drives hospitality trends across many demographics," said Hockings. "As both a journalist and consumer, I look forward to learning from the leaders who are reimagining the industry and steering it into the future."
The keynote event will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Moderator Hockings will drive the conversation for the panel of top cruise executives. From sustainability and innovation to converting new cruisers and environmental initiatives, the thoughtfully curated panel of experts will offer indispensable forecasting for the state of the industry.
The discussion will also cover emerging markets and the future outlook on China as well as the rise of expedition cruising and more.
"It is an extraordinary time in the cruise industry. Technologically advanced ships are setting sail for the first time, disruptive brands are changing the marketplace and passengers have more choices than ever before-and Seatrade Cruise Global brings it all together as the worldwide hub of cruising innovation," said Chiara Giorgi, Brand Director for Seatrade Cruise Global.
"The conference's preeminent event, the State of the Global Cruise Industry Keynote, will once again bring industry leaders and visionaries together to share invaluable insight on today's transforming seascape."
Marking its 35th year, Seatrade Cruise Global will make its return to Miami at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center April 8-11, 2019. Seatrade Cruise Global 2019's Early Bird pricing is available through 15 February 2019. Attendees can register by visiting: seatradecruiseglobal.com/register.
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